Psychiatrists call for people to get vaccinated

25 May 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has encouraged those eligible to go out and get vaccinated for COVID-19.

RANZCP President, Associate Professor Vinay Lakra, has spoken of the importance of vaccination not just for the community’s physical health but also their mental health.

‘We are calling on those who can be vaccinated to do so sooner rather than later as it is essential if we are to move toward to a more COVID-normal way of life’, said Associate Professor Lakra.

‘There are a lot of mixed messages out there around the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, but it is important for people to avoid being misinformed.

‘We understand that these are uncertain times, and if you have concerns around the vaccine, please don’t hesitate to talk to your GP about them.

‘The recent cluster in Melbourne is just another reminder that those who are eligible to be vaccinated, should be doing so.

‘As we know, the last 12 or so months have had an immense impact on the mental health and wellbeing of our community.

‘We won’t be able to protect our family, friends, loved ones and community unless we put our hand up to be vaccinated.

‘In order to move on from this, we need to start to move forward to a new normal, and getting vaccinated, will help us.

‘Our lives will only return to normal when the majority of the population has been protected.

'COVID-19 vaccinations save lives as has been evident from experience in other countries.’

For more information and for all other expert mental health information, visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.

ENQUIRIES: For more information, or to arrange an interview call Sarah Carr on +61 437 315 911, or email